Product features

  • Progestogen-only pill
  • Available without a prescription
  • 99% effective at preventing pregnancy when used correctly*

Product description

Lovima is a contraceptive pill taken daily to prevent pregnancy.

Lovima contains a synthetic form of progesterone, called desogestrel and is, therefore, known as a progestogen-only pill (POP) or the “mini-pill”. Desogestrel pills give women more flexibility as it provides effective protection against pregnancy even if taken up to 12 hours late. Mini pills are 99% effective when taken perfectly, and around 91% effective with typical use.**

Lovima is a good option for women who can’t take the combined pill.

Is Lovima safe to take?

Lovima has proven to be an effective and safe contraception. This is why it’s become one of the first contraceptive pills adult women can buy through pharmacies without the need for a prescription.

We’ll make sure the Lovima pill is safe for you to take. Simply answer a set of questions online when ordering and our pharmacist will review these to make sure Lovima is the right pill for you. A pharmacist may then get in touch with you to make sure you know how to take the pill safely and let you know of any possible side effects.

Lovima is available both online and in-store. You must be over 18 to buy Lovima online at LloydsPharmacy. If you’re under 18, please visit your local pharmacy, GP or family planning clinic to find out which contraceptive options are available to you.

How Lovima works

Lovima contains desogestrel, and works in the following ways to prevent pregnancy:

  • Prevents ovulation by stopping the egg from being released
  • Thickens your cervical mucus which makes it difficult for sperm to reach an egg (if one has been released)

What other contraceptive pills are available?

If Lovima isn’t right for you our Online Doctor service could help. They offer a range of contraceptive pills. Simply select your contraception, answer a few simple questions. If appropriate, one of the clinicians will approve the prescription and you can have it delivered or pick it up in your local LloydsPharmacy.

If you’re not sure what you need you can click ‘help me choose contraception’ and we’ll recommend you a range of contraceptive options to suit your needs. These recommendations will be based on your preferences, medical history and any side effects you’ve had in the past when using other contraceptives.

Features of Lovima 75 microgram film-coated tablets

  • Effective protection against pregnancy
  • No need for a prescription
  • Progestogen-only pill
  • No pill free break in-between packs

*Lovima® 75 microgram film-coated tablets Summary of Product Characteristics 2020. 2. Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare. FSRH Clinical Guideline: Progestogen-only Pills (March 2015, Amended April 2019) - Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare [Internet]. 2019 [cited 3 March 2019]. Available from:

**Perfect use is defined by FPA as using the method correctly every time; typical use is when the method is not always followed correctly.

  • Specifications

    • 28 tablets / 84 tablets
  • Suitable for

    • Women of childbearing age
  • Warnings and cautions

    Lovima is suitable for lots of women, but you shouldn’t take it:

    • If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant
    • If you have thrombosis
    • If you have or have had jaundice or severe liver disease and you have been told that your liver is still not working normally
    • If you have or if you are suspected of having cancer that grows under the influence of sex-steroids, such as certain types of breast, uterine or ovarian cancer
    • If you have any unexplained vaginal bleeding
    • If you are allergic to desogestrel, peanut, soya or any of the ingredients of this medicine If any of these apply to you, you should speak to your doctor or family planning nurse, as another form of contraception might be more suitable

    Talk to your pharmacist, doctor or family planning nurse before using Lovima:

    • If you have ever had breast cancer
    • If you have liver cancer or other liver problems
    • If you have ever had thrombosis
    • If you have diabetes
    • If you have high blood pressure

    Lovima must not be taken with certain medicines. Ensure you talk to your doctor if you are taking any of the following:

    • Antiepileptics
    • Medicines for TB and HIV
    • Bosentan for Pulmonary arterial hypertension
    • St John’s Wort
    • Certain antibiotics, antifungals and calcium channel blockers

    Lots of women might experience bleeding that’s different to their usual menstrual cycle when they take Lovima. Some women will bleed more, less or might not bleed at all. These changes are likely to settle after a while and isn’t something to be worried about. But if you’re concerned, please speak to your GP or a family planning nurse.

    Make sure you:

    • Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children
    • Do not use Lovima after the expiry date which is stated on the carton label and blister foil
    • The active substance could cause an environmental risk to fish. Do not throw away any medicines via waste water or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help to protect the environment
  • Possible side effects

    Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 women):

    • Mood changes
    • Depressed mood
    • Decreased sexual drive (libido)
    • Headache
    • Nausea
    • Acne
    • Breast pain
    • Irregular or no periods
    • Weight increase

    Uncommon side effects (may affect up to 1 in 100 women):

    • Infection of the vagina
    • Difficulties in wearing contact lenses
    • Vomiting
    • Hair loss
    • Painful periods
    • Ovarian cysts
    • Tiredness

    Rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 women):

    • Skin conditions such as rash, hives, erythema nodosuum
    • Breast secretion or leakage may occur
  • How to use

    You should take one Lovima pill daily, at the same time each day. It’s very important you try and take it at the exact same time.

    The pack will have the days labelled, so you know which one to take each day. Follow the arrows around, until you’ve finished that pack and can move onto the next. Take each pack back-to-back, without a break, even if you’re bleeding.

  • Ingredients

    The active substance is desogestrel (75 microgram).

    The other ingredients are lactose monohydrate, maize starch, povidone K30 (E1201), d-α-Tocopherol (E307), soybean oil, silica, colloidal hydrated (E551), silica, colloidal anhydrous (E551), stearic acid (E570), hypromellose 2910 (E464), polyethylene glycol, titanium dioxide (E 171).

  • Delivery and returns

    Standard delivery

    • Free on orders over £35
    • £3.49 for orders up to £35
    • Delivered in 4-6 working days

    Express delivery

    • £4.99
    • Delivered Next Day if ordered before 8pm Monday to Friday
    • Delivered Monday if ordered after 8pm Friday - 12pm Sunday
    • Delivered Tuesday if ordered after 12pm on Sunday
    • Not available in the Channel Islands

    Evri ParcelShops

    Standard Parcel Shop Delivery

    • Free on orders over £35
    • £2.49 on orders up to £35
    • Delivered in 3-5 working days

    Express Parcel Shop Delivery

    • £3.99
    • Delivered Next Day if ordered before 8pm Monday - Friday
    • Delivered Monday if ordered after 8pm Friday – 12pm Sunday
    • Delivered Tuesday if ordered after 12pm on Sunday

    *Please note: If your order is not collected within 10 days of it arriving at your chosen Evri ParcelShop, the order will be returned to our warehouse. We will only be able to refund the order once we have received the item/s back.

    Pharmacy Medicines delivery

    Pharmacy Medicines will need to be signed for by someone aged 18 or over. If there isn't anyone in who can sign for your order, you can change your delivery date or redirect it to a local parcel shop using the courier's website or app.

    Unfortunately, your order can't be left in a safe place or with a neighbour. The courier will try to deliver three times before they return it to us.

    Purchasing in bulk/high unit volume

    Please note that when purchasing high unit volumes of single lines (10+ units) that delivery promotions are null and void.
    This is as a result of high volume orders not being able to be dispatched via our normal third party fulfilment.
    As a result for any excessive bulk orders of single lines we will be in touch regarding your order to discuss further delivery costs that will be incurred.


    If you're not completely satisfied with your order, you can return it to us within 28 days
    Find out more about our returns policy click here